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SIDS Workshop Addresses Energy and Water Regulation [viewed]

spc-adbApril 2014: The Asian Development Bank (ADB) and Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) published results of the Pacific and Caribbean Conference on Effective and Sustainable Regulation of Energy and Water Services. The conference aimed to promote South-South cooperation on regulation of energy and water utilities services in small island developing states (SIDS) in the Pacific and the Caribbean.

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UNEP Invites Participation in GEO on SIDS [viewed]

UNEP27 March 2014: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has begun preparation of an Environment Outlook for Small Islands Developing States (GEO SIDS), to inform the Third International Conference on SIDS taking place in Apia, Samoa, from 1-4 September 2014. The initiative responds to the request of delegates at the Inter-regional Preparatory Meeting held in Bridgetown, Barbados, on 26-28 August 2013, for UNEP to dedicate support for a GEO specifically on SIDS.

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April 2014 Water Finance Update [viewed]

worldbank-idb-afdb-ebrd-gefApril 2014: Throughout April 2014, the World Bank, Global Environment Facility (GEF), Asian Development Bank (ADB), Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), African Development Bank (AfDB) and European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) approved finance for and highlighted results of projects across Africa, Latin America, Asia and Europe, as well as in small island developing states (SIDS) to: improve water supply and sanitation; build urban and rural water infrastructure; reduce water-related disaster risk and increase climate resilience; improve agricultural water efficiency; construct hydro-power facilities; protect aquatic biodiversity; and promote transboundary water cooperation.

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Event: Managing Groundwater in Coastal Areas and SIDS [viewed]

This workshop aims to: promote conjunctive surface, groundwater and marine management and analyze options from the Global Environment Facility (GEF) International Waters (IW) portfolio; identify best and replicable practices and share experiences from GEF IW projects; review possibilities for integrated water resources management (IWRM) / integrated coastal zone management (ICZM) integration, as well as the state of integration of groundwater and surface water management within organizations dealing with aspects of coastal zone management, including in small island developing states (SIDS); and discuss appropriate knowledge management strategies and review existing tools. This meeting organized by the International Hydrological Programme (IHP) of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), Global Water Partnership (GWP) – Mediterranean and the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Mediterranean Action Plan (MAP) in cooperation with the UNESCO/World Meteorological Organization (WMO) International Groundwater Resources Assessment Centre (IGRAC) and the Priority Actions Programme/Regional Activity Centre (PAP/RAC) in the framework of the GEF IW:LEARN, MedPartnership and Transboundary Water Assessment Programme (TWAP), serves as a contribution to the International Year of SIDS 2014.  

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Event: Fourth Meeting of the Pacific Biosphere Reserve Network [viewed]

The Fourth Meeting of the Pacific Biosphere Reserve Network (PacMAB) will bring together managers and researchers to discuss the role of biosphere reserves in sustainable development in the Pacific. The meeting aims to assess progress and identify challenges in implementing the Madrid Action Plan in Pacific biosphere reserves. Participants will also: assess the role of biosphere reserves in contributing to the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs); discuss actions for the post-2015 development agenda, such as a roadmap for contributing to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs); identify follow up actions, including possible ways to increase the number of reserves in the Pacific; share success stories for managing natural resources while fostering economic development; and consider how to improve cooperation and governance of the biosphere reserves and the network. The PacMAB includes the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM), Kiribati, Palau, Papua New Guinea (PNG), Samoa and Tonga.  

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Pacific Countries Agree on EPA Negotiations with EU [viewed]

PIFS12 April 2014: The Pacific countries from the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States (ACP) have requested an Economic Participation Agreement (EPA) negotiation with the EU by the end of April 2014, following a discussion of outstanding issues among the Pacific ACP countries. Officials emphasized that the EPA provisions should promote the sustainable development of the region's fisheries, while ensuring that Pacific peoples benefit from fisheries trade. 

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Event: Seventh Executive Forest Policy Course: People, Land Use and Forestry in the Pacific – Policy Challenges in the 21st Century [viewed]

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific, in collaboration with the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) and the Asia-Pacific Forestry Commission (APFC), is organizing this course to: provide information on the impacts of global change and processes on forestry in the Pacific region; share experiences of integrated land use as it impacts sustainable land management (SLM); and facilitate the development of tools for policy analysis adapted to the Pacific.  

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CTI-CFF Countries Note Marine Management Progress, Take Steps to Establish Regional Secretariat [viewed]

Coral Triangle Initiative31 March 2014: The Coral Triangle Initiative on Coral Reefs, Fisheries and Food Security (CTI-CFF) member countries describe “modest indications” of positive changes in ecological and social conditions in CTI sites, according to the findings of a study conducted by researchers from the University of Washington. In addition, Indonesia, the Philippines and Timor-Leste have taken steps towards ratification of the Agreement for the establishment of the permanent CTI-CFF Regional Secretariat.

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EU-Africa Summit Outlines Actions on Peace and Security, Prosperity and People [viewed]

4th European Union EU-Africa Summit4 April 2014: Delegates to the Fourth EU-Africa Summit agreed on a Declaration outlining commitments on peace and security, prosperity and people. Leaders also adopted a declaration on migration and mobility, and a road map to frame EU-Africa relations in 2014-2017. The EU committed to provide more than €28 billion to Africa through bilateral cooperation.

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UNFCCC Releases Workshop Summary on Ecosystems with High-carbon Reservoirs [viewed]

UNFCCC1 April 2014: The UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Secretariat has published a report of the Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA) workshop on technical and scientific aspects of ecosystems with high-carbon reservoirs not covered by other agenda items under the Convention, held on 24–25 October 2013, in Bonn, Germany.

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